September 2021 NBA Wiretap

Warriors To Work Out Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Quinn Cook

Sep 20, 2021 2:57 PM

The Golden State Warriors will work out Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Quinn Cook, among others, this week.

The Warriors would like to sign a big man and two guards for camp.

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Klay Thompson Making 'Good Progress', Exact Date For Return Still Not Determined

Sep 20, 2021 9:08 PM

The Golden State Warriors have announced that Klay Thompson has "made good progress" in his rehabilitation from a torn left ACL and torn right Achilles and is on place to return for the 21-22 season.

Thompson's exact time for his return will be based on his progress. 

Thompson is expected to participate in various controlled drills during training camp and his return to full practices will be determined at a later date. 

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Ben Simmons Still Not Expected To Report To Camp

Sep 20, 2021 1:33 PM

Ben Simmons is still not expected to report to training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers next week.

The 76ers, however, remain intent on trying to convince Simmons to report.

Both the 76ers and Simmons have sought a trade this offseason, but one has not materialized to satisfy Philadelphia's asking price.

Simmons has four seasons and $147 million remaining on his contract.

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Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

Sep 20, 2021 10:31 PM

Dereck Lively has committed to Duke for the incoming class of 2022. Lively is the No. 2 recruit in the class.

Lively chose Duke over Kentucky.

"I like the whole idea of the Brotherhood, Duke basketball and Duke University," Lively told ESPN. "I believe next year's team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and maybe a national championship. After my playing career, a Duke degree is important to me."

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Malika Andrews To Host 'NBA Today' On ESPN

Sep 20, 2021 1:22 PM

Malika Andrews will host NBA Today as part of a new, multi-year contract extension. Andrews will be joined by ESPN NBA analysts Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, Vince Carter and ESPN Senior Writer Zach Lowe to form the NBA Today panel.

NBA Today will broadcast from ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center and will air Mondays through Fridays from 3-4 p.m. on ESPN.

“It’s an incredible time to cover the NBA – a league that is full of characters and stories that have resonance far beyond the sports world," said Andrews. "Our goal every day is to deliver information and analysis to our viewers that can’t be gleaned anywhere else. I’m so excited to showcase the league and the talented reporters, analysts and insiders on our team.”

NBA Today will replace The Jump, which will air its final episode on Friday, October 8th.

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Hornets Sign Xavier Sneed

Sep 20, 2021 3:41 PM

The Charlotte Hornets have signed Xavier Sneed.

Sneed was a member of the Hornets 2021 Summer League Roster in Las Vegas, averaging 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in four games. He appeared in 13 games last season with Charlotte’s G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, averaging 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. Sneed finished the 2020-21 season with the second-best steals per game average amongst league leaders.

A four-year player at Kansas State, Sneed played in 137 career contests with the Wildcats, including all 32 games in his senior year. During the 2019-20 season, he averaged a team-best 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game en route to earning All-Big 12 honorable mention.

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Wolves Sign Brian Bowen II, Matt Lewis, Isaiah Miller, Chris Silva

Sep 20, 2021 9:04 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Brian Bowen II, guard Matt Lewis, guard Isaiah Miller and forward Chris Silva. 

In two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Bowen saw action in 12 total games. He played in 44 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants over two seasons, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. After withdrawing from the 2018 NBA draft during the final entry deadline, Bowen made the decision to forgo college and pursue a professional contract. On August 7, 2018, Bowen signed with the Sydney Kings of the Australian NBL. During the 2018–19 NBL season, he played in 30 games while averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Lewis, 22, wrapped up a four-year career at James Madison University where he ranked among the career leaders in several categories, including third in points (1,928) and eighth in assists (341). Last year during his senior season, he was named CAA Player of the Year after leading the Dukes in points, field goals, three pointers, free throws, defensive rebounds. assists, and minutes. Lewis became the first James Madison player ever be named to the All-CAA team in three different seasons.

Miller, 22, played in all five games for the 2021 Timberwolves Summer League team, averaging 7.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals in 16.2 minutes per game. Miller averaged 14.9 points on 47.4% shooting, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game during his four-year career at UNC Greensboro. In Miller’s final season with the Spartans, he was named SoCon Player of the Year and SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the only men’s basketball player in SoCon history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The Newark, N.J. native ranks second in school history with 314 steals and third in scoring with 1,965 points.

Silva, 24, saw action in 15 total games last season for the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings where he averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. During the 2019-20 season, the 6-8 forward split time between the Heat and the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League where he saw action in 44 games in for Miami, averaging 3.0 points on 61.5% shooting and 2.9 rebounds. Silva played four seasons at South Carolina, appearing in 134 career games (108 starts) and averaged 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.39 blocks and 21.7 minutes. He became the first player in school history to total at least 700 rebounds and 500 free throws made.

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Nets Don't Tender Isaia Cordinier

Sep 19, 2021 4:41 PM

The Brooklyn Nets did not offer Isaia Cordinier the required tender to retain his draft rights. Cordinier will now become an NBA free agent.

The 6'5'' guard out of France was originally drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 44th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Cordinier's draft rights were traded to Brooklyn in 2018 in a trade that sent Jeremy Lin to the Hawks. Cordinier has played with both Atlanta (twice) and Brooklyn (once) at Las Vegas Summer League in recent seasons.

Since being drafted in 2016, Cordinier has continued to play in France for Antibes and Nanterre 92. In 2020-21, for Nanterre 92, Cordinier averaged 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists over 47 games (all starts).

NBA teams are required to offer second round picks a contract tender in order to retain their draft rights. That tender must be for at least a one-season contract, which can be fully non-guaranteed. If a team fails to offer the required tender, the player's draft rights are renounced and they become an NBA free agent.

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O.J. Mayo, Jarrell Brantley Sign With BC UNICS In Russia

Sep 19, 2021 4:30 PM

O.J. Mayo will continue his basketball career outside of the United States for a third straight year. Mayo has signed with BC UNICS in Kazan, Russia.

In 2019-20 and 2020-21, Mayo played for Liaoning in China. He averaged 24.9 points in 68 games over the two CBA seasons.

Mayo hasn't played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the Milwaukee Bucks. Following that season, Mayo was suspended for two seasons due to violating the NBA's substance abuse policy.

BC UNICS also agreed to terms with Jarrell Brantley. Brantley spent the last two seasons with the Utah Jazz on Two-Way contract. In 37 NBA games, Brantley averaged 2.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game.

Brantley was recently waived by Utah, after he had previously signed the team's qualifying offer. Brantley agreed to amend his contract to remove a small guaranteed amount, in order to sign with BC UNICS.

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Dunc'd On: Western Conference Over/Unders 2021-22 and Best Bets

Sep 19, 2021 8:05 PM

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Nate and Danny go through the Western Conference Over/Unders in reverse alphabetical order, as Nate engages in some epic waffling.

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Rockets Waive Tyler Bey

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Jimmer Fredette, Noah Vonleh Sign With Shanghai Sharks

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Wolves Sign 2020 First Round Pick Leandro Bolmaro

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Mike James Signs With Monaco

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Nuggets Sign Petr Cornelie To Two-Way Contract

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Devontae Cacok, Nets Agree To Camp Deal

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Raptors Close To Deal With Alex Antetokounmpo

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Lisa Byington Hired By Bucks As Full-Time TV Play-By-Play Announcer


Clippers Unveil Plans For $1.8 Billion Intuit Dome

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Eric Gordon Open To Trade From Rockets

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Frank Ntilikina Signs With Mavericks

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USA Basketball Hopes To Hire Next Head Coach Before Start Of NBA Season

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Jazz Waive Jarrell Brantley

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Jahlil Okafor, Hawks Agree To Non-Guarantee Deal

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Pascal Siakam Struggled With Lack Of Communication From Raptors On Being 'The Guy'

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John Wall Trade Unlikely To Materialize Until Next Offseason

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Clippers Were Never Interested In Russell Westbrook

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Isaiah Thomas To Work Out For Warriors

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Cavaliers Waive Tre Scott

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